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Hare Supports Revised Bill to Expand Children's Healthcare

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Hare Supports Revised Bill to Expand Children's Healthcare

Washington, Oct 25 -

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for a new bipartisan bill to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that continues to provide coverage for 10 million children while addressing the concerns of President Bush and many Republicans. Previously, they wrongly claimed that the bipartisan SCHIP legislation provided health care for illegal immigrants, adults and children from high-income families. The latest version of this legislation includes clarifications that address each of these concerns. Despite this, President Bush has again threatened a veto.

"Today's compromise bill would ensure quality health insurance for over 470,000 low-income children in Illinois while reiterating the fact that undocumented immigrants are not eligible for benefits," Hare said.

"It appears as though President Bush and his allies in Congress are unwilling to accept any bill to extend SCHIP," Hare added. "Democrats have shown willingness to compromise, but when it comes to the 10 million children this bill would cover, their health care is non-negotiable."

"Until President Bush sees the light, we will continue to bring the heat," Hare concluded. "America's children deserve nothing less."


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